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My 2015 HID projector retrofit

Hey guys, so about 2 years ago I bought a 2014 Laredo. Originally My plan was to swap in the factory hid headlights. I found a couple of headlights off eBay and started building some harnesses to make them work. I got them to work for the most part, not like factory but the LEDs would light up but not dim. I sold the headlights before installing them because I wanted to build a JKU. I did a retrofit on the wrangler which was pretty simple with the ability to rotate the headlight once it's installed and aim it.
After awhile, I missed the comfort of my wk2, so I bought a 2015 altitude around Christmas this year. Merry Christmas to me! It's now lifted with 275-55-20 and some other small things.

One thing I was bummed about, no options for the factory hids! I knew I needed to retrofit or swap in the factory hids. I decided to try a retrofit this time on some eagle eye headlights! Anyways, here's some pics of my project. First was the disassembly... 270 degrees for 8 minutes and they pulled apart easily.

Getting the high beam bowl and projector holder separate from the housing was not fun. They use a ball and socket to hold the two pieces together to allow it to move for aiming. It required a hammer a long flat head from the rear to separate. Next was mounting the new projector. I opted for the morimoto mini h1 7.0 since it has great reviews and was a small projector. Probably not the best idea because it was almost too small. The factory h11 projector has a 3" lens, this has a 2.5" lens. If I used the factory mounting spots it sat about an inch back from the factory projector.
So I had to trim down the factory mounting spots an inch and then tap the holes again. Then I just used some sheet metal and fabricated some ugly little brackets that allowed me to mount, loosen and rotate the projector for final alignment. Here it is mounted flush. I also painted the factory shroud flat black to hide the projector gap a little more.


So before you remove the old headlights, it's best to mark the cutoff with tape so you have a good aiming spot with your new projectors.

The new alignment was nearly perfect, so I decided to close them up and final alignment would be done when mounting the headlights.

I had my Amber reflectors vinyl wrapped satin black with cutouts for the side marker bulp to shine thru.
Here it is all put back together too.



I installed a morimoto mopar specific harness and used their 50w ballast and 6500k bulbs which burn closer to 5500k at 50w and match my led DRLs and fogs better. To the naked eye, everything looks the same color. Originally I installed a drl controller to make the DRLs work like factory, but after installing only one led lit up full power. I brought out the multimeter and both got 14v but only one plug had 1/3 of the amperage.
I ended up going with a fuse tap on the drl circuit to power the DRLs and now it works like factory DRLs. Fired it all up and everything worked!




Looks much more aggressive in the front now. I love it! The morimoto projectors are great for an easy to install and reproduced projector. I've retrofit several headlights, and in my opinion you just can't beat the performance of an oem projector/ballast/bulb combo. These are still great and blow away the factory halogens with an hid kit or even the factory HID jeep headlights. Next to a Honda or Toyota projector though, they just aren't quite there yet. I do have bixenon capabilities now and used a 9005 plug splitter so I still use my factory high beams with nokya yellow bulbs too (yeah it's bright).



Anyways, thanks for checking my thread out and hope you all enjoyed the write up and feel free to ask any questions you'd like or throw out any tips on what you think could/would've been better!

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My 2015 HID projector retrofit

What about the fog lights? Throw a matching HID kit in there


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They're Vleds LED fogs with capacitors wired in to keep them from flickering. They're super bright and actually match really well it's just the angle. The picture is just deceiving.
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VERY nice work! I always have a lot of respect for a full out retrofit like that. I have done a number of them myself. I know you already have some LEDs in the fogs, but if you want go to all out consider the popular 2015+ OEM SRT LED fogs. They are incredible! Check out my thread if you haven't already seen it.
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VERY nice work! I always have a lot of respect for a full out retrofit like that. I have done a number of them myself. I know you already have some LEDs in the fogs, but if you want go to all out consider the popular 2015+ OEM SRT LED fogs. They are incredible! Check out my thread if you haven't already seen it.
Interesting! I was under the impression that those only fit the high altitudes? I really like my setup now but maybe when I get bored eventually. Haha I think I'll swap out the LED DRLs for some switchbacks some day. These were kind of disappointing with how dim they are during the day. Not terrible but not very oem looking. Anyways, here's my output on my fogs. I can't imagine the srt's looking too much better. These putout a ridiculous amount of light.
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Yea I wish the daytime brightness on the eagle eyes was better. At night they look great atleast so for the price I can't complain.


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Re: My 2015 HID projector retrofit

Hey bud thanks for the excellent write up!

Can you elaborate on how you set up the DRL's with the eagle eyes? I'm having trouble getting them to even come on using a DRL controller...

Would love for them to actually work like normal DRL's!

Thanks,
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Hey bud thanks for the excellent write up!

Can you elaborate on how you set up the DRL's with the eagle eyes? I'm having trouble getting them to even come on using a DRL controller...

Would love for them to actually work like normal DRL's!

Thanks,
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Thank you! So how do you have them wired now? What wires going to the headlights do you have the drl controller spliced into?
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Re: My 2015 HID projector retrofit

Thanks for a fast response!
I have the DRL wired to the red and white wires from the Salmon colored plug. Then negative lead to negative bolt and positive to fuse box positive bolt.
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Thanks for a fast response!
I have the DRL wired to the red and white wires from the Salmon colored plug. Then negative lead to negative bolt and positive to fuse box positive bolt.
That's weird, they should work properly then? That's how I had mine wired before I found out the drl controller was faulty. I just used a fuse tap to the drl circuit in the fuse box now and wired that direct to the plugs going to the DRLs in the headlights and that worked. Maybe a faulty controller? I know they aren't the best quality.
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Re: My 2015 HID projector retrofit

Okay thanks, I'll try getting another DRL controller. That could be it.

In the meantime, how exactly do you go about doing the fuse tap to the DRL circuit? What parts do I need?

I might do that now to hopefully get them working.
Thanks again man!

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Okay thanks, I'll try getting another DRL controller. That could be it.

In the meantime, how exactly do you go about doing the fuse tap to the DRL circuit? What parts do I need?

I might do that now to hopefully get them working.
Thanks again man!

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You can utilize the wiring from the drl controller if you'd like. You just need some butt splices and a fuse tap. I got my fuse tap from autozone. Just make sure you have another fuse to complete the circuit in the tap. I just cut the positive and negative wires going to the ground and fuse box and spliced them with the positive and negative going to each headlights drl. The splice looks like a "Y". Two headlight positives coming in and one wire coming out and to the fuse tap at the drl circuit. Then the same thing for the negative. Two negatives coming into one end of the splice from the headlights and going out to the negative terminal on the chassis. Let me know if that doesn't make sense and I can reiterate. Sorry, I'm an electrician so sometimes I don't elaborate enough haha
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